First of all I would like to thank each and every one of you for your help. I a new member to this site but i have reviewed the post's on here and they have been very helpfull. Now I need some help on purchasing a Mic. I will be recording mostly hip hop/rap music. I have a $400.00 budget and have been looking into the Rode NT1a or NT2a. I have been getting coments from people about the AKG414 but its more than what i have to spend. Is there different mic's out there that I should be looking at that would perform better than the Rode's? please help me, any coments or recomendations would assist me further on narrowing my options. Thank You.